Because granite does not need
support to prevent cracking or splitting, Standard Foundations serve as ground stabilizers for the
memorial. They are not designed to support the marker or monument like a house
foundation supports the structure. When setting the memorial, our setting crew
will dig out the area where the monument will be placed and pour cement into
the area. The memorial will then be placed on top of the cement, to hold it in
place and give it some stability.
Concrete Pad System
Our optional concrete pad system is also
available for our memorials. In order to address the problem of ground
movement, we have devised a method to improve the stabilization ability of our
foundations by using a sub-foundation consisting of 12 inch concrete pilings
and a 4 inch packed sand buffer. A manufactured concrete pad will then rest on
top of the sand buffer. The sand buffer acts as a cushion to help support the
monument as the ground moves.
Normally, our manufactured pads will be
approximately 1 inch above ground and 8 to 12 inches longer and wider than the
monument. Adjustments will be made when working in an uneven area.